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Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Send it overseas

CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- Now an alert about a job offer which, if you accept it, could end up sending you to jail.
 
It seems like the perfect job.  A good salary and flexible hours.  But, as a Philadelphia area woman learned, it can get you ensnared in an international scam.

Iretha Clark, a fraud victim, said, "I was warned by a lot of people about Craigslist but a lot of people get jobs off Craigslist."
 
Including Iretha Clark.  She was at home on disability but was looking for a part-time job with flexible hours.  She was thrilled to find work as a "shipping coordinator," receiving packages and shipping them overseas.
 
Clark said, "I thought it was so great because I'll be at home and you know it wouldn't be so much of a struggle."
 
Plus, the job touted a base salary of $1500.00 every month plus the chance to earn a bonus.
 
Reginald Wade, a US Postal Inspector, said, "These people who were being recruited believe that they are going to be compensated either for a box they ship out or that they will be compensated for a month or every couple weeks."
 
Iretha was given a diagram with specific instructions on what to do including how to receive packages.  Take pictures of the items and then send them overseas.
 
Wade said, "He even gave some directions on what to say to the clerk."
 
After working for two weeks, Iretha received a letter from her employer saying her packages were not being received.  Iretha had all of her paperwork, so she filed a report with her local post office.
 
She quickly learned she was caught up in a scam when a postal inspector showed up at her door.
 
She tells us, "Badge, bam, in my face, and I was like, 'Oh my God what's going on?'  I just like, 'wow, I'm going to jail.'"
 
"When we interview them a lot of them said they thought something didn't feel quite right," Wade said.
 
Iretha says she still feels embarrassed about how she let that happen to her.  If you are looking for a job online be prepared to do some homework and ask yourself one important question.
 
"What legitimate company is going to send items to you in somebody else's name and have you send them to another country. Why wouldn't they do it on their own?" Wade said.

Postal Inspectors recommend doing research on the company offering you a position. Check with the Better Business Bureau and the State Attorney General's office.

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